Government response: Safety in custody statistics: statement from Justice Secretary

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Since becoming Justice Secretary, I have been clear that the violence, self-harm and deaths in our prisons are too high.

I have taken immediate action to stabilise the estate by tackling the drugs, drones and phones that undermine security. We are also investing £100m annually to boost the frontline by 2,500 officers.

These are long-standing issues that will not be resolved in weeks or months but our wholescale reforms will lay the groundwork to transform our prisons, reduce reoffending and make our communities safer.

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